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frequently asked questions

What kind of concrete maintenance is required after the project is completed?

We suggest applying a penetrating sealer to the concrete within a year after it is poured. Continue sealing every couple years to protect against damage from salt. We provide this service, but DIY is also possible.

How long after completion may I use my new driveway?

Seven days after the final pour, the curing process will have reached the point when it may be driven on. You may walk on new concrete 24 hours after completion.

Should I be worried about cracking?

The short answer is no. Cracking is an organic and necessary occurrence in concrete. However, It is not indicative of product or workmanship failure. There are methods professionals use to control cracking, such as implementation of control joints and additives to the concrete mixture during extreme temperature conditions. However, cracking is a intrinsic characteristic of concrete that cannot be completely avoided.

There is variance in the color of my new concrete. What does this mean?

The concrete curing process takes approximately 28 days. During this time, you may see variances in color as the concrete gradually becomes lighter.

What is the difference between cement and concrete?

Although these terms are often used interchangeably, cement is technically an ingredient of concrete that is mixed with various aggregates and paste.

How long will the project take to complete?

This is based how the size of the project, required labor, and weather conditions. We make it a priority to always communicate estimated durations.

Should I be concerned about damage to my lawn?

Concrete projects often require demolition. Heavy equipment will invariably cause some damage to lawns. On a positive note, grass grows back! We try our very best, however, we cannot guarantee pristine grass after completion.  

Why is concrete so costly?

During the height of the  pandemic, the demand for building material exceeded supply. Gypsum, a component of Portland cement used to make redi-mix concrete, was particularly in high demand. Aggregates imported from Mexico slowed after a major quarry shut down, resulting in increased cost. We are dismayed about the current state of inflation, however we continue to maintain the quality of our materials and workmanship without compromising the standards we are known for.